Fungal nail infections can be annoying and unsightly. A research found that 93% of fungal nail infections are caused by other fungal skin infections including athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) and ringworm (tinea corporis). Be aware when you see changes in the appearance of your nail, e.g. white or yellow spots under the tip of the nail, thickening and roughness, crumbling edges, nail discoloration, separation of nail from nail bed etc, these are the signs of fungal infection.
Fungal nail infections are quite difficult to treat and may still recur after the successful treatment. However, it’s best to take to take early prevention or treatment to prevent further damage to your nails.
How to Prevent Fungal Nail Infections
- Keep your nail short.
- Dry your hand and feet thoroughly after washing, especially between fingers and toes.
- Always wear clean, dry socks.
- Do not walk barefoot in public areas.
- Use a separate pair of scissors or nail clippers for infected nails.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Nail Fungus
You can soak your feet in 50/50 solution of white or apple cider vinegar and water for at least 30 minutes three times a day.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide
There are evidences found that hydrogen peroxide has been effective in staving off fungi. You can either apply the hydrogen peroxide to your nails with a cotton ball and wait until it dry, or soak the affected area in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water twice a day.
3. Tea Tree Oil
You can apply a few drops of the tea tree oil to the affected area for a few times a day. Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant and possess anti-bacterial properties that is good for treating nail fungus.
4. Natural Lemon Juice
The use of lemon juice can help to get rid of nail discoloration and boost your nail care regimen. You can simply apply lemon juice on the infected nail everyday for about 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains Caprylic acid, which is a special active ingredient that works as a natural fungicide. You can apply the coconut oil on the infected nail and let it soak for at least 15 minutes, after that massage the infected nail gently then allow it to dry naturally.
Please note that there is no quick treatment and these remedies above might take months of disciplined treatment before the problem of fungal nail infections is solved. You may need to continue the treatment for at least two months after the fungus has cleared to prevent recurrence of the problem.
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